Nuffield Southampton Theatres (NST) celebrates receiving three nominations in the UK Theatre Awards 2019 – Artistic Director Sam Hodges’ revival of Peter Morgan’s The Audience has two nominations for Best Performance in a Play for Faye Castelow, and for Best Design (Rosanna Vize); and the world première of David Walliams’ Billionaire Boy The Musical is nominated for Best Show for Children and Young People.
On the nominations Sam Hodges, director of Nuffield Southampton Theatres, said, “Our track record for UK Theatre awards and nominations is a really important recognition of the quality and ambition of our work at NST. With the Mayflower Theatre also nominated, it’s a great year for Southampton as we gear up for our City of Culture bid. And to receive three nominations in our first year in our new city-centre theatre in categories which reflect key areas of focus for us is thrilling.”
This year marks the sixth year in a row that NST has been nominated for nationally recognised theatre industry awards. In 2017 NST won The Renee Stepham Award for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre for their co-production of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox. In 2016, Samuel Hodges was nominated for the UK Theatre Award for Best Director for the NST production The Glass Menagerie. In 2015, NST won a UK Theatre Award in the Best Design on their co-production The Hudsucker Proxy. In 2014, NST won Regional Theatre of the Year at the Stage Awards and in 2013, NST Associate Blanche McIntyre won the UK Theatre Award for Best Director on the NST production The Seagull.
The UK Theatre Awards are the only nationwide Awards to honour and celebrate outstanding achievements in regional theatre throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This year’s UK Theatre Awards will take place at London’s historic Guildhall, on 27 October.
NST produced Billionaire Boy The Musical as the first Christmas show for Southampton’s new theatre NST City. Based on the bestselling book by David Walliams, the show was adapted by Jon Brittain (Rotterdam), directed by Luke Sheppard (Adrian Mole the Musical) and designed by Gabriella Slade (Six the Musical). The music was written by the hugely successful pop production team Miranda Cooper and Nick Coler (Girls Aloud, Sugababes, Pet Shop Boys) and marked their musical theatre debut. Dominic Maxwell from The Times said Billionaire Boy “was the most enjoyable David Walliams stage adaptation yet.” After the run at Southampton, the show toured to Manchester, Coventry and Cardiff.
NST produced the first major revival of Peter Morgan’s The Audience since its West End première, directed by NST’s artistic director Sam Hodges. In addition to Faye Castelow’s portrayal of Elizabeth II, the critically acclaimed production also starred Paul Kemp as all the male Prime Ministers, Lizzie Hopley as Margaret Thatcher and Bobo MacDonald, Sharon Singh as The Equerry and Fay Burwell and Maddie Farmer sharing the role of Young Elizabeth. Set and costume was designed by Rosanna Vize, with sound and composition by Alexandra Braithwaite, lighting by Jackie Shemesh and movement by Tom Jackson Greaves.